City Of Champions ~ Press Release


★★★★ Carn’s Theatre Passion “poignant and thought-provoking ”
★★★★ Last Minute Theatre Tickets “Beautifully written”
★★★★ The Reviews Hub “Packs a heavy punch”
★★★★ Theatre Weekly “A powerful story that is well told”
A new play by Steve Brown
Presented by London Theatre Workshop
17th July – 5th August 2017
Written and Directed by: Steve Brown
Cast: Joel Arnold, Amy Burke, Ian McCurrach, Maggie Robson, Joe Southall, Ellie Ward
Developed through the London Theatre Workshop, this poignant new play is a world premiere from Steve Brown, an exciting new writer.
Set in 2010, in the city of Inglewood, Los Angeles, CITY OF CHAMPIONS focuses on two former nineteen-eighties child superstars, Lonnie Drake and Laurie Monro, who are living with the after effects of early stardom and abuse as teen stars.
Lonnie, a recovering alcoholic is married and still working in the industry.  Laurie, although clean after numerous trips to rehab, is broke and unemployable.  He is living in the ‘guest lodge’ in Lonnie’s backyard.  Desperate for work and money, a job opportunity presents itself but it means working once again with the director who abused him during his teen career.
A reunion with someone from the past and an unwelcome visit from an old colleague act as the catalyst for Laurie to make a decision to take control of his situation and change everybody’s lives.
CITY OF CHAMPIONS is at once charming, funny and heartbreaking.  Charting the very familiar path of a history that catches up with someone at both the best and worst of times, the play focuses on the very human issues of dealing with abuse and trust.
Artistic Director of the London Theatre Workshop, Ray Rackham says: “It is with huge delight and pride that this important piece of theatre, developed over LTW’s three-year history both in Fulham and in its new home at Leadenhall Market, is ready to be produced for an audience.  I am exceptionally proud of LTW’s Theatre Lab, which provides a safe and playful environment for new writers to develop and eventually produce new work.  After the success of APARTMENT 40C, JUDY!, and TRIBE, I am honoured that Steve Brown has entrusted CITY OF CHAMPIONS with London Theatre Workshop, for its world premiere.”
Runs at London Theatre Workshop, Leadenhall Market, 88 Gracechurch Street, London ECV3 0DN (above the New Moon Pub).
17th July – 5th August
Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Additional Saturday matinee on 29th July at 2:30 p.m.
Not suitable for children.  Contains strong language and adult themes.
Ticket Bookings
Tickets can be purchased at LTW’s online box office: City Of Champions Tickets
Photo credits: Rosalind White Photograph

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